Today we’d like to introduce you to Olia Majd.
Hi Olia, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I actually went to college for Accounting, got my degree and worked as an accountant for a couple years until I realized it really was not what I wanted to do with my life forever. Thinking back, I grew up with my mother being a Licensed Esthetician for my entire childhood and my mother always wanted me to work with her at her salon when I grew up. I was stubborn and wanted to “figure it out my way” so I decided to go the business route until I obviously realized I had made a mistake. I realized I should have listened to my mother so I decided to go back to school (cosmetology school) got my license and eventually became a licensed esthetician myself. That is essentially what brought me into the field of beauty. I quit my accounting job immediately and worked with my mother at her salon, Martine’s Skin Care in Pacific Beach for the next few years. It was then that I discovered my passion was in the beauty field. I absolutely loved helping people with their skin, helping them feel more confident and immersing myself in the world of beauty. From there is where I decided to start my blog primarily to share skin tips with women around the world and evolved from there. Fast forward years later, the journey has been one of the best and I wake up every day doing what I love!
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Not at all. Besides all the beginning struggles of finding my way to blogging in the first place, there have been a lot of struggles within the industry itself. When you work for yourself, it’s never easy. It’s incredibly rewarding but you have to have disciple and realize there will be failures and lessons learned and have that determination to get up and keep trying. I have had many moments at the beginning when I couldn’t afford a photographer at the beginning, use a self-timer and tripod out in the open where many people would pass by and laugh at me but I kept going. Social media can be a constant comparison game, it’s important to always stay in your lane and keep going.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a blogger/influencer. I primarily focus on beauty and fashion but I do cover lifestyle, home decor, health and wellness and many aspects of my life. I’m very proud of how far I’ve come and that I’ve done it all on my own. I think what sets me apart is that I am a licensed esthetician so although there are a lot of beauty influencers out there, I can also offer a professional standpoint on products and methods.
If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
I was super shy when I was young and then I went into acting and modeling when I was about 9 years old. I did a ton of TV, commercials, print work etc.. That really opened me up and helped me become very outgoing which I think has helped me be very comfortable in front of the camera do this day. I’m not sure I’d be able to do what I do now had it not be for that experience!
Diana Sciacca @dianarosephoto